Love On Top

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On September 4, 1981, a young girl was born in Huston, Texas. From a young age, she moved crowds with her incredible vocal and dancing talents, winning many competitions from very early on. In 1990, at the age of just nine years old, she began forming a group act based on her and a friend’s singing and rapping skills. Just eight years later, that evolved group dropped their first album “Destiny’s Child,” and that young girl from Huston rose to fame. And since that day, Beyoncé has only gained more and more success.


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In 2015, it is practically impossible to have not at one point jammed out to “Irreplaceable” or busted out dancing to “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” And I am sure you have constantly seen Beyoncé posters being sold in every poster rack across the country. Frankly, Beyoncé is a superstar. Everyone know of her name. Everyone knows of her fame. But what not many people know is that she is also an Interdisciplinary success.

In addition to an Angel-like singing voice and practically Flawless dance moves, Beyoncé has also spent the entirety of her life caring about people. Although she had already helped many charities, one of her first widely recognizable projects was the “Let’s Move!” Flash Workout Video. In 2011, Beyoncé joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help her campaign in the fight against child obesity. Beyoncé reworked the song “Get Me Bodied” and renamed it “Move Your Body” for the Let’s Move! Flash Workout initiative. This effort helped fight childhood obesity all across the country and made a difference in other people’s lives.

In 2013, Beyoncé teamed up with TV actor Salma Hayek and co-founded Chimes for Change, an organization focusing on “using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for projects promoting Health and Justice for girls and women.” The group has a large number of celebrity and large company sponsors and support, and continues to raise money and make a difference in the world today.

And within that same year, Beyoncé dropped her self-titled visual album. This album included 14 songs, which touched on many social issues of today such as feminism, empowerment, self-reflection, and much more. It seems as though in every project Beyoncé takes on has a positive outcome that effects the lives of many people across the world.

Celebrities using some of their fortune to aid charities is hardly unheard of, so what makes Beyoncé so special? What makes Beyoncé an interdisciplinary success? When discussing the performing arts, Allen F. Repko states, “Music is a language for expressing feelings and emotions. The fine and performing arts (art, dance, music, creative writing, theater, and voice) engage the complexity of real-world problems by providing insights that express, interpret, exemplify or respond effectively to such problems.” And that is exactly what Beyoncé does. She combines her immense talents of singing and dance with her experience and drive for social justice. Again and again, Beyoncé has make an actual difference in the lives of others by intersecting Dance, Music, Social Justice, and charity.

Beyoncé is an interdisciplinary success story, as well as my personal idol. As I study the social benefits of the performing arts, I see the parallels in our work and it fuels me more, reminding me that it is possible to make a difference through the performing arts. Beyoncé is living, breathing proof that interdisciplinary studies, and my interdisciplinary studies, are truly beneficial to the world around us.

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What? But why?

Application and Exercises Question 2 from Allen F. Repko’s “Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. Details about Textbook Here!

When I was in elementary school, there was a student in my class named Connor. He was always jumping around on the desks, interrupting the teachers, and sometimes he would even just get up and leave. All six years that I was in school with him, he had the same behavior. And throughout the years, many people had completely different ways of looking at why he acted this way.

First, there is the perspective of the teacher. Throughout the years, my teacher would constantly try to punish him or stop him from continuing with his behavior. When he wouldn’t, she would send him to the principal, and let the rest of the class know that he was a “misbehaving child.” And that was constantly the norm of the classes I had with Connor. He would act up, and the teacher would send him away.

Once Connor has started getting older, about third grade probably, he started meeting with our guidance counselor every week. Now although I was very young at the time and did not know this for myself, I can imagine that she and Connor talked each week about his actions and why he made them. The guidance counselor (or any other therapist/doctor in a similar situation) could have possibly seen his behavior as far deeper than the teacher had seen.

Now, who was right? The teacher? The guidance counselor? Unfortunately for me, Connor moved school right after the fifth grade, so whether or not his behavior changed and why, I do not know. But, I do know that every person that came in contact with him had a completely different thought as to why he might be acting that way. It is important to notice all of these different perspective, and hopefully by seeing as many as possible, it will be easier to find a positive outcome.

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My Interdisciplinary Studies

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Taylor Fournier on a service trip to Nicaragua working with the women and children of the organization Women In Action.

How does someone receive a degree in “Making a Difference?”When people ask me what my major is, the answer I give them is something along the lines of “I am in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department,” and when they ask me what that means, I say “well, I am focusing on studying the Social Benefits of Music, Theatre, Dance in regards in Social Work and working with the underprivileged as a whole.” And although it is a mouthful already, it is only the bare minimum in truly defining my interdisciplinary studies.

Now, when people ask me what I want to do with my life, my answer will always be, “make a difference.” I always joke with friends that if I could major in “Saving the World,” I would. And here is the starting place of my Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Because there is no major in “Saving the World,” if all you want to do with your life is make a difference, where is there to turn? Where do you sign up for all the courses and programs that will give you the education to do so? You can’t. And that is because one cannot simply major in everything there is to know about “making a difference.” The possibilities are simply endless. And that’s what’s so beautiful about my Interdisciplinary Studies. I know that I want to help make a difference the world. For me, interdisciplinary studies means that I get to focus all of my studies on educating myself how to bring me closer to that goal- that idea. Instead of walking out in four years with a piece of paper and a few specific jobs I will be able to do, I will walk out of my four years having learned exactly what I wanted to learn to get me towards my overall educational goal of a lifetime.

How does someone receive a degree in “Making a Difference?”

They can’t.

How does someone get closer to their life goal of making a difference?

Interdisciplinary Studies